Gary Neville slams Pep Guardiola's controversial squad decision for Burnley game

Gary Neville slams Pep Guardiola's controversial squad decision for Burnley game

City's EDS had a game against Swansea last night, and Guardiola elected rather sensibly to allow them to play, rather than deprive them of game time to travel to Burnley just to sit on the bench. "Although they are hard games, I think it's terrific for these teams to be visiting Turf Moor, for our fans to see them and, more importantly, see their own side challenge these teams like we have done". 'I could have called one of the second team but they played their match on Friday and they wouldn't have got on the pitch ahead of Yaya (Toure) or (Oleksandr) Zinchenko so we decided not to use them'. We have an unbelievable run of tough games to play, for example at Burnley.

"But it is not easy because there are some very good teams".

Speaking at a press conference reported by the club's website, www.burnleyfootballclub.com, Dyche said: "It is likely to be the season, I would think". City may be missing a few star names, and they would have loved to have added another attacking player in the transfer window, but their squad is easily strong enough to cope. But I give top marks to everyone for the way they handled this game. That to me looks like a protest, and I'm not sure why he's peddling this thing.

Manchester City manager shares a moment with Raheem Sterlin during the English Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion on 31 January 2018. He's an absolutely incredible manager and the work he has done with this team is unbelievable and the team performance is absolutely outstanding.

"I told him "don't gamble too much, sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury". Mendy said, per Man City's website.

Finally, the visitors made their pressure tell in the 22 minute when Bernardo Silva played Danilo into space on the edge of the box and he proceeded to chip the ball into the net after spotting the goalkeeper off his line, 1-0.

Influential midfielder, Steven Defour, requires knee surgery and may not play again this season so he joins Tom Heaton on the long-term injury list and it's no coincidence that the Clarets haven't won since Stephen Ward picked up an injury in the 1-0 win over Stoke in December.

"I remember Pep himself when he was at Barcelona talking about why buy players when you can play young players, but even he now at Man City they're buying players, there are not many young players coming through the academy that they're playing". It was a little bit painful.

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